Posing As Ourselves
Published by: Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT Press
144 Pages, 8.50 x 8.50 x 0.62 in
- Published: July 2009
Through daily portraits, this five-year project charts the physical and emotional changes of two women at the opposite ends of the “young woman” spectrum. One was moving with excitement into adolescence; the other, with trepidation, into middle age. Each day, Elaine and Julia stopped their separate activities and met in their living room to pose for a portrait. They made 1,800 images—not truly comprehending the catalogue of energy and exhaustion, privacy and revelation, unexpected coincidences of mood and emotions that they created. The images form a series of moments that are usually forgotten. Through the lens of the camera, these moments have come to define the years of their shared experience. Mother Daughter: Posing as Ourselves appeals to a wide audience: photographers, those interested in the psychology of relationships, and of course, parents navigating the awkwardness and energy of adolescence. This project represents the continuation of a print and publishing research partnership between RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, faculty and students from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, and the print reproduction experts in RIT’s Printing Applications Laboratory (PAL). The research team was presented with a challenging goal: to produce a printed facsimile edition of a group of black-and-white photographs characterized by fine highlights, sensuous midtones, and rich shadow areas. The HP Indigo 5500 Press was chosen for this project because of its superb image reproduction capabilities and the unique ability to equip it with custom-mixed inks. Using gray and black inks resulted in very smooth continuous tones with density levels as high as the matte paper permitted. The end result has, perhaps, even surpassed what might have been obtained from an offset lithographic process. Visit the author's website at www.motherdaughterbook.com.